Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is receiving criticism after her most recent ad asserts that her GOP opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, is “not for” Lone Star State residents. The ad, entitled “Justice,” sharply criticizes Abbott focusing on his permanent disability.
“A tree fell on Greg Abbott…He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.”
Abbott has been in a wheelchair since 1984, when a tree fell on him when he was jogging shortly after he finished law school. If elected next month, he would be the first governor elected from a wheelchair since 1982, and the first Catholic governor of Texas.
Aaron Blake of The Washington Post says Davis “is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas.”
“This…is the sort of the highly risky gambit you only see from a long-shot campaign. And, as often as not, these sorts of ‘Hail Marys’ fail miserably.”
In a poll released Friday by CBS News/The New York Times/YouGov, Abbott is leading Davis by 14 points, 54-40 percent.
Here is some more of the criticism the ad has received, including some from members of the traditional media.
A shot of G. Abbott’s wheelchair comprises ⅓ of the new Wendy Davis campaign ad. Whoever approved it should be fired http://t.co/0O2dhmH3AE
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) October 10, 2014
The new Wendy Davis ad…just, wow. https://t.co/JrVphfN9w2
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) October 10, 2014
Hey all you journos saying that Wendy ad is dumb strategy, call it what it actually is: offensive.
— Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) October 10, 2014
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) October 10, 2014
The wheels might be coming off Wendy Davis’ campaign. http://t.co/1XC2PS1RYN
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) October 10, 2014
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) October 10, 2014
Is Wendy Davis insane? Completely serious.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 10, 2014
This ad seems pretty desperate from Wendy Davis campaign. https://t.co/TwoAuxyhOG
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 10, 2014
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